Viewing cable 05VILNIUS1354
Title: GOL READJUSTING IN IRAQ BASED ON SAME RATIONALE AS

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05VILNIUS13542005-12-30 14:50:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 001354 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/29/2015 
TAGS: PGOV PINS PREL MARR MOPS IZ PL LH
SUBJECT: GOL READJUSTING IN IRAQ BASED ON SAME RATIONALE AS 
USG 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 231047 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 1320 
 
Classified By: Political/Economic Officer Alexander Titolo for reasons 
1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (C) We delivered ref A points on USG troop readjustments 
in Iraq to Ministry of Defense Undersecretary Renatas Norkus 
on December 28 and Vytautas Leskevicius, of the MFA's 
Security Policy Department, on December 29.  Both officials 
said that the GOL's decision not to replace the detachment of 
approximately 50 troops that recently rotated out of the 
Polish sector does not represent any lessening of Lithuania's 
commitment to the Iraq mission.  Our GOL interlocutors 
explained that Lithuania, like the USG, has based its 
readjustments in Iraq on its judgment that Iraqi Security 
Forces have increased their capabilities.  Lithuania will 
maintain its contingent of approximately 50 troops serving 
with the Danes near Basrah, and will deploy three trainers to 
work with the Poles.  The GOL also has two personnel with the 
NATO training mission in Iraq. 
 
¶2.  (C) Charge reviewed these readjustments with Minister of 
Defense Gediminas Kirkilas and Minister of Foreign Affairs 
Antanas Valionis December 30 at the changeover ceremony of 
the Baltic Air Policing mission.  Kirkilas noted that a few 
voices in Lithuania's parliament are advocating for a 
complete withdrawal from Iraq, but characterized them as 
isolated and unrepresentative (ref B).  He and Valionis said 
that they are fully confident that Lithuania, along with its 
key allies such as the United States and Poland, will see the 
Iraq mission through to its completion. 
 
¶3.  (C) Kirkilas emphasized to Charge the importance of 
Lithuania maintaining a presence of a few officers with 
Poland in Iraq in acknowledgment of the deep strategic 
partnership these nations enjoy.  He noted that Lithuania's 
commitment to maintain a presence, albeit reduced, with the 
Poles in Iraq and Poland's assumption of Baltic Air Policing 
responsibilities underscore the strength of this cooperation. 
KELLY